Saumur may not be in a prominent place when it comes to touring the best destinations in the Loire Valley. However, their excellent situation on horseback between Angers and Tours, with a castle worthy of appearing in the top 10 of the region and a friendly and easy-going center make Saumur an ideal place to include on any route discovering the charms of the Loire region.
Historic houses in Saint Pierre square in Saumur
Saumur is relatively small. You can discover its center and visit the castle in about three or four hours. However, the best of Saumur you discover when you extend that visit time. You forget the clock, you take a boat trip on the Loire, savor the food in one of the restaurants near the Saint Pierre square, and you get carried away by the rhythm of Saumur, where the stress is barely felt and people continue to enjoy the old French rhythm of savoring the details.
Saumur Castle views
Saumur Castle emerges from a hill and from its height controls the city and the extensive views of the river and the lush valley that surrounds us.
Some stairs ascend from the center of Saumur slowly to the castle, passing in front of the beautiful Romanesque church of Notre-Dame-de-Nantilly and several terraces where to rest and have a drink. Once in the castle you have the option to walk through the gardens and its surroundings or enter (6 euros) and discover its secrets.
The castle was owned by the house of the Plantagenets and the Dukes of Anjou. It was initially built during the 10th century to protect the region from Norman attacks. However, its Gothic style is reborn from the twelfth century and since then it has undergone several renovations until today.
A walk through the historic center of Saumur
The church of San Pedro in Saumur